Quesungual – remember the name, and not just for Scrabble

10 December, 2012 by (comments)

When Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, torrential downpours triggered landslides that wiped out huge areas of crops. This compounded a shockwave of malnutrition spreading across the country caused by an intense El Niño-driven drought the year before. But some farmers suffered only minor losses or none at all: they were practicing Quesungual (“Ke-sun-gwal”). If Quesungual sounds like someRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Soils, Soils website

Tortillas on the Roaster – climate change threatens one million maize and bean farmers in Central America

24 October, 2012 by (comments)

Tortillas on the Roaster, a new climate change study from CIAT, CIMMYT and Catholic Relief Services, has found that climate change is likely to cause serious problems for two of Central America’s most important staple food crops: maize and beans. According to the report, around one million smallholder farmers and their families could find themselves in the danger zone,Read More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Quesungual, Cambio Andino and cassava breakthrough featured in New Agriculturist

19 November, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT once again features in the latest edition of the online development magazine New Agriculturist. CIAT’s visiting researcher Aracely Castro talks about the importance of the Quesungual Slash and Mulch Agroforestry System (QSMAS) in the article Ancient lesson in agroforestry – slash but don’t burn. The traditional, eco-efficient system, from Honduras, recently received wide acclaim as a model forRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, CIAT in the media, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions